Alfa Romeo is an Italian manufacturer of luxury and sports cars, which was founded by Alexandre Darracq, who was actually French. Alfa Romeo is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
and is based in Turin.
The company was founded in 1910 with the name A.L.F.A., which stands for "Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili", meaning Anonymous Lombard Automobile Factory
. In 1920, the name changed to Alfa Romeo, adding the surname of engineer Nicola Romeo, who controlled the company from 1915 onwards.
The correct pronunciation of Alfa Romeo in Italian is Ahl-fah Roh-meh-oh
. The stress must be pronounced on the "A", with the "A" producing a sound similar to the word "fast" in a British accent. In "Romeo", the "e" is pronounced like the "e" in the word "bed". The "o"s produce the same sound as the letter "o" in the word "story". Romeo is often pronounced in the wrong way in English because it is pronounced as Row-mee-oe, but this mispornounces all the vowels in the name.